By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2019 38 Comments
    A Completely New and Unexpected Statin Side Effe…

    Statin drugs are widely used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The last time we checked, atorvastatin was the most widely prescribed drug in the United States (114 million bot…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1188: The Healing Potential of Psychedelic …

    Many indigenous peoples around the world have developed traditional uses for psychedelic compounds. In Western medicine, these were mostly unknown until Albert Hoffmann synthesized LSD (lysergic acid …

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2019 6 Comments
    Best Diet for People with Diabetes Low in Carbs

    A diet low in carbs, especially rapidly digested refined grains, can help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight and control their blood sugar. This is a welcome finding, as dietary recommendations f…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2019 0 Comments
    Can You Fight Depression by Eating the Mediterra…

    Epidemiologists have long known that people who eat a lot of junk food are more vulnerable to depression. Australian researchers have just conducted a study to see whether improving diet also improves…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2019 1 Comments
    Soccer and Brain Damage: Kids and Headers?

    I attended a small public high school. My graduating class had under 40 kids. Clearly, we could not muster a competitive football team with such a paltry number of students. Instead, we played soccer.…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2019 16 Comments
    Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedti…

    How do you take your pills? If you are like most people you barely give it a moment’s thought. After all, the instructions on your medication bottle may be vague: “Take 1 (one) tablet by mouth eve…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 5 Comments
    Will Potatoes Slow Your Recovery from Surgery?

    Have you ever gone into the hospital for a planned surgery? If so, you've probably been offered some materials that explain the procedure and tell you what to expect, when to arrive and how long you s…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Intermittent Fasting Give You Heartburn?

    If you have trouble with acid reflux, you probably try to avoid foods, beverages and situations that can trigger heartburn symptoms. Stretching out on the sofa after enjoying Thanksgiving dinner might…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2019 7 Comments
    The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Str…

    If you have been reading this newsletter you know that one of the most popular acid-reducing drugs in the world has become embroiled in a carcinogen controversy. Several weeks ago a pharmacy in New Ha…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 4 Comments
    When Is Combination Therapy Better Than Synthroi…

    Doctors prescribe the thyroid hormone treatment levothyroxine (Euthyrox, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid) more frequently than most other drugs in the pharmacy. Although levothyroxine alone is…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Tim…

    Last summer, a major review of research on supplements to improve heart health concluded that most do nothing to prevent heart attacks, strokes or premature death from cardiovascular causes (Annals of…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2019 9 Comments
    Is Therapy Better Than Drugs for Depression?

    Americans are depressed. According to our calculations, roughly 40 million people are taking antidepressant medications. The CDC concludes that’s 12.7% of people over 12 years of age (NCHS Data Brie…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2019 8 Comments
    Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Re…

    Anticoagulant medications are frequently prescribed to people with atrial fibrillation (AFib). This arrhythmia can cause blood clots that might lead to a stroke. AFib used to be treated primarily with…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 0 Comments
    All About KayaBiotics

    The People's Pharmacy radio show and podcast are supported in part by sponsorship. One of our sponsors is KayaBiotics, a German company that makes high-quality probiotics from all-organic ingredients.…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 2 Comments
    What Other Drugs Boost Antidepressants’ Ef…

    For years, psychiatrists have been wondering how to improve antidepressants' effectiveness. People with depression are usually treated with medications such as desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), escitalopram (…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2019 9 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

    Doctors appreciate ACE (angiotensin receptor enzyme) inhibitors for lowering high blood pressure. They have been first-line treatments for hypertension for many years. We used to think drugs such as b…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2019 8 Comments
    The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterior…

    You have no doubt heard about “steroids.” By the way, this is a terrible term! It causes nothing but confusion. We promise not to overwhelm you with chemistry. The core structure of steroids can b…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Beano Counteract Gas from Eating Beans?

    Flatulence can be a tricky subject. In addition to the embarrassing sounds it can make, escaping gas can create unfortunate odors. No wonder people are eager to find solutions to this problem. One rea…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2019 1 Comments
    Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor…

    Do you know which foods might react badly with your medications? You might not, especially if your pharmacist didn't give you specific information. When you look online, you can find conflicting infor…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2019 4 Comments
    What Can I Do About the Itch of Scabies?

    You know what it’s like to have an itch, right? Sometimes for no reason at all your back itches. That’s when a friend or partner can come to your rescue. A mosquito bite can itch. So can poison iv…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2019 1 Comments
    Do Selenium Supplements Cause Leg Cramps?

    Most people who take supplements do so not expecting any type of unanticipated reaction. Occasionally, however, they get an unpleasant surprise. One reader reported that selenium supplements were link…

    By: Joe Graedon October 24, 2019 25 Comments
    When Should You Take Your BP Pills? Morning or B…

    Most people get into the habit of taking all their medications at breakfast time. It's a routine that is hard to break. But a new study suggests bedtime might be a much better choice for some meds (Eu…

    By: Joe Graedon October 24, 2019 13 Comments
    Why Doesn’t Cancer Treatment Also Include Exer…

    When people are diagnosed with cancer, they are often faced with challenging treatment decisions: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or more recently, pricey immunotherapy. Now, researchers are suggesti…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2019 3 Comments
    Drug Shortage Threatens Children with Cancer

    Vincristine is an old drug that is a pillar of oncology treatment, especially for children with cancer. It is essential for treating cancers like lymphoma, leukemia and brain tumors. Unfortunately, th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1186: What Happens When Doctors Make Diagno…

    When you get sick, you need a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is wrong, the treatment won’t be appropriate. What happens when doctors make diagnostic errors? We talk with a leader in the Society to Impr…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2019 6 Comments
    What Causes Polio-Like Illness AFM?

    Scientists now believe they may have identified the cause of acute flaccid myelitis, abbreviated AFM. This polio-like illness has affected around 600 children since it was first detected almost a deca…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2019 11 Comments
    Why Do Drug Companies Love Long Lists of Side Ef…

    A long time ago, drug companies worried about long lists of side effects. They feared that if they warned people about serious adverse drug reactions, no one would want to take their pricey pills. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2019 7 Comments
    Stopping Zolpidem (Ambien) for Insomnia Can Be C…

    Tens of millions of Americans have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. Based on comments we have read on this website, we would have to say that a lot of people rely on zolpidem to get to slee…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 21 Comments
    Is Vitamin E Oil a Cure for Toenail Fungus?

    Are your toenails lovely, or are they thick, peeling, brown or yellow? If you are happy to hide your toenails (hurray, winter boots!), you might get excited about a cure for toenail fungus. We should …

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2019 8 Comments
    Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Triggers Violence

    Most Americans find it hard to believe that a medication could change someone's personality. The idea that a person could actually harm another human as a result of a drug side effect seems prepostero…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 18 Comments
    Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effect…

    What will the doctor offer you if you have a stubborn pain in a joint? Frequently, physicians turn to cortisone injections to ease the pain for a while. Before you agree to such treatment, make sure y…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 8 Comments
    Can Bilberry Extract Help Protect the Eyes?

    World War II buffs have doubtless heard that British pilots flying night raids attributed their success to eating bilberry jam. Even back then, people believed that bilberry compounds had special powe…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint P…

    Have you heard of using gin-soaked golden raisins to ease joint pain? People have been sharing this home remedy with their friends and family members for decades. We have no idea where it comes from o…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2019 47 Comments
    Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate A…

    When athletes or older people with osteoarthritis develop joint pain, doctors frequently offer corticosteroid injections into the affected joint. Many clinicians have assumed that this treatment is sa…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Eating Seaweed Protect Your Heart?

    Most Americans don’t eat much seaweed. However, in Japan this is a popular vegetable. Does it have health benefits? Do Japanese People Protect Their Hearts by Eating Seaweed? Scientists noted that s…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2019 13 Comments
    Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Conce…

    Over the last 15 months, millions of blood pressure pills called ARBs have been recalled due to contamination with nitrosamines. Many people with hypertension worried about a possible increased risk o…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 4 Comments
    Can Men Get an Extra Benefit from a Statin?

    Statins remain controversial for the primary prevention of heart disease. A review this week in the BMJ concludes that the benefit from a statin is small for low-risk patients (BMJ, Oct. 16, 2019). Th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 3 Comments
    Are People More Active with Step Counters?

    Do you wear a FitBit or a fancy watch? What about a lower-tech pedometer? Step counters are popular because they give us feedback on how many steps we have taken in a day. Even if the common goal of 1…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 0 Comments
    How You Can Enjoy The People’s Pharmacy Ad…

    Have you ever wished you didn't have to look at the ads when you are reading our posts about health? Wish you could browse ad-free? We have occasionally gotten inquiries from readers who assume we hav…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 7 Comments
    Raspberry Powder to Fight Travelers’ Diarr…

    Whether you term it Delhi Belly or Montezuma's Revenge, travelers' diarrhea is no joking matter. You don't even have to be trekking through rough terrain in undeveloped places. Researchers recently fo…